Copaiba Essential Oil and its beta-caryophyllene…

… also found in Cannabis

Introduction to my Research Paper

copaiba essential oil
Copaiba Tree

 

For one of my final steps to receive my Aromatherapy Certification with the Aromahead Institute, I was set out to find a subject of my interest and write a 8-10 page research paper. First I was petrified by the thought of a) finding a subject and b) being able to write 8-10 pages. Well here you see a sliver of my final paper which got concluded with 24 pages. Copaiba Essential Oil grew very dear to me during my research and for that reason I added it to my Aromatherapy store. At the bottom you will find the link to the entire paper. Please use it & share it and let me know what you think! I also added a few recipes. Have fun and thank you for your interest! ~ Katrin

Here we go:

The essential oil community has heard a lot about the beautiful benefits of Cannaboid in Hemp Oil.   There have been many studies and success stories but we have rarely heard about the fantastic chemical constituent β-caryophyllene.

The subject of rheumatism and arthritis has been an important focus for me since I started studying essential oils because my mother has suffered from these conditions for many years.

My initial research brought me to many existing case studies, which seemed promising and led me to research and choose the Copaiba Oil, and especially the chemical component β-caryophyllene . This video is a small introduction of the oil from doTERRA at one of their Global Conventions in 2017. Dr. Hill introduced doTERRA’s new oil: https://youtu.be/vI8-TbcfY_M. As you will see further down below, I have found a few sources for Copaiba Balsam which a few of them are very promising such as the “Rainforest Chica” company.

While beta-caryophyllene is primarily known for its presence in the essential oils extracted from Black Pepper, Clove, Melissa, and Rosemary, the best source is actually the lesser-known Copaiba tree. GC-MS assessments have shown that many sources of Copaiba essential oil contains more than 50% and often up to 70% of beta-caryophyllene, and not surprisingly, the properties of the oil extracted from the oleoresin of Copaifera species is becoming a popular topic of research. There have been over 70 peer-reviewed studies published in scientific journals in the last few years evaluating the benefits of Copaiba, several of which focus on its CB2-binding properties and the associated health benefits. [7]

Tisserand said: “Did you know that copaiba essential oil can make your skin happy”?

Copaiba essential oil and oleoresin contain large amounts of beta-caryophyllene, a molecule that interacts with cannabinoid receptors in your skin. This causes skin cells to produce beta-endorphin, one of the happiness hormones. [23]

Due to the Chemical make up of β-caryophyllene, α-copaene, and α-humulene it has gained a large interest and fairly large amount of scientific studies.

To read the entire research paper, please click the link below:

Copaibas Beta-Caryophyllene Research Paper Katrin Birkholz original_APPROVED

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Essential Oils. Why consider an Aromatherapist?

I recently became a member of the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and a Student at the Aromahead Institute. Eye opening!

In the past couple of years I have been working with Essential Oils intensively. I use them for myself, in my family, I converted my entire house into a chemical-free zone by using only homemade cleaning products, I use the oils for cooking, in my body products, facial serums, sicknesses, muscle pain, menstrual cycle cramps & neausea, in my car and you name it. There is no halt for me anymore. I LOVE them. They are in every corner of my house and if every bag. I sometimes have them double and triple.

Essential Oil bag by Petal and Stem
Essential Oil Bag. Peppermint Print. This one and others are in every bag of mine. Holds 3 x 15ml bottles. $12.

I also contacted different Essential Oil companies to question statements and get more details. Some with success and others not so much. I have been reading studies about cure and danger of these potent friends. I have been getting questions like: “Are you promoting doTERRA oils because you keep on mentioning them”. I have to shuggle. Yes. doTERRA oils and many other companies. One of my latest favourites being Florihana a french distiller. My goal is to go all the way back to the distiller and cut all the middle men and MLM companies. Not completely as doTERRA has some great products (and I’m sure so does YL) but the prices are sometimes just way to high with YL or doTERRA to make them available for lower income folks.

As some of you know I started out with doTERRA Essential Oils as a friend introduced me to them but I never felt 100% comfortable introducing them to others before I haven’t tested them myself or did my “homework” especially when using them internally or with kids which often the MLM companies suggest.

I have gotten so sick and tired of all the pros and cons and reading negative and positive reviews while this world of Essential Oils is seemingly exploding into many directions. We have many companies popping up left and right. A single person would feel overhelmed and confused and one just doesn’t know what to believe and use anymore.

You really would like to believe your next door neighbor that YL or doTERRA are the best oils, you want to believe your best friend that you can make a lot of money with any of these MLM companies. “Yes it is hard work but so rewarding”.

But let’s face it; how many of the Wellness Advocates and Independent Product Consultants, especially when they start out after a short introduction from their neighbor, know that Peppermint and some varieties of Eucalyptus can be very dangerous for children and can cause seizures.

That YlangYlang could cause miscarriages.

That there is a pretty long list of oils which are phototoxic meaning when applied and exposed to sunlight imediatly after application it could cause “allergies” (severe redness-just like sunburn, swelling-edema, darkening of the skin and sometimes even blistering of the skin).

There is a big difference between steam distilled oils and cold pressed ones. Those oils should be bergaptene free in order to not be phototoxic….The list goes on.

So when you make your own potions and lotions stay away from phototoxic essential oils but if you are adding the oils into soap products, it will be fine. With products which you can shower/ wash off  you don’t pose a risk. Also if you have the right ratio you most likely will be fine. Be aware that the rations of those oils differ as well. Grapefruit: 24 dropz to 1 oz but Lemon only 12 drops to 1oz of carrier oil. Please make sure you inform yourself. A good start is Robert Tisserand’s book: Essential Oil Safety

Here is a list of oils which are phototoxic.

  • Angelica
  • Angelica root
  • Bergamot oil (if it is bergaptene-free oil it should/ will be called: Bergamot FCF. Bergaptene free bergamot oil is steam distilled. Stillpoint Aromatics offers this oil)
  • Cassia
  • Cumin
  • Dill
  • Fig leaf
  • Grapefruit
  • Ginger
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Lovage
  • Bitter orange
  • Rue
  • Tagetes
  • Verbena

 

Citrus oils that are not phototoxic:

  • distilled Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Sweet Orange
  • Tangerine
  • distilled Lemon
  • Satsuma
  • Tangelo
  • Yuzu

ALWAYS ASK your supplier. You have the right to know.

So I could go on and on. All I want to really say is; that if you use high quality and potent oils, if you love them, if you can’t be without them (just like me) and if you don’t want any bad awakenings educate yourself. Really well. Maybe consult an Aromatherapist which has been certified by one of the many good schools. Here is a list of Aromatherapists in the US and Canada.

This post was not to scare you or bad mouth any companies as I’m using them myself but to bring some awareness. Essential Oils are medicine and should be treated as such. Just as you would not just take any Antibiotics if they were available over the counter.

Now I will get back to oiling, sniffing and creating!

Love & Hugs

Katrin

 

 

Essential Oil Substitutes

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Essential Oil Recipe App

We have been looking for a simple App (iPhone & Android)which would give us some simple all natural recipes to use at home and for the family. We found this one from Aromahead Institue. 72 recipes which work! Really nice.

 

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